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March 10, 2020

Jeff Skiles was the keynote speaker at the Indiana Safety and Health Conference this year. You might remember him as the co-pilot of U.S. Airways Flight 1549, “The Miracle on the Hudson.”

Beyond the fact that it was a fascinating story, there is a lot safety professionals and operations managers can...

Almost three years ago my youngest daughter wrote these messages on the whiteboard in my home office. I was unemployed for the second time in less than two years and she sensed that I was out of sorts, to say the least. I blogged about it on April 17, 2017, 12 Surprising Leadership Lessons I Learned...

Why is there always a line at Chick Fil A?

Because they hire talent, not people. Talent defined by character, competency, and chemistry. From hiring to on-boarding to the stewardship of the talent. 

If you are looking for a great book on culture, I highly recommend Bet On Talent by Dee Ann Turner. I h...

Often when I conduct workshops or give presentations, I ask the participants to make a commitment. A public display of commitment is powerful. A public commitment says to your coworkers that you can hold me accountable for this activity. I try to guide them to make specific commitments that are rele...

September 30, 2019

We all have those seminal moments in our career that shape the way we think about safety or our approach to safety.

My first seminal moment came shortly after high school as a very young factory worker. It was also my introduction to safety. I learned that if the boss wears his PPE, I should wear min...

What does it take to achieve an impossible goal? And why pursue an impossible goal? After all, by definition, it is, well...impossible. To answer the “why” question first, if you are interested to know what you are capable of achieving, then set an impossible goal. What does an impossible goal look...

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